LA GRANDE DAME – 1996 & 2004
– Candy Champagne
I recently posted a log about La Grande Dame. Not just a blog about champagne, but the legendary and inspiring woman who changed champagne and was an early pioneer for women in leadership all over the world. Click here for a recap about his exceptional woman:
I recently had the privilege to try a 2004 La Grande Dame and a 1996 La Grande Dame (separately, not together). It is really hard to compare a 2004 vintage with a 1996 vintage, so I am going to write about them separately (since I tried them separately). Both were very special and unique in their own amazing and special ways.
2004 – La Grande Dame vintage 2004 is described as “luminous, sparkling gold with amber highlights. The first nose reveals a definite mineral base with noble fruit and remarkable intensity. The bouquet is gourmand and voluptuous with hints of apricot, vanilla, frangipane and jasmine”. Alison Napjus gave it 94 points.
1996 – The Champagne Greek described the 1996 colour as deep golden and the bubbles were still surprisingly effervescent considering the wine was from 1996 after all! The champagne had become more “wine-like” in its complexity with nutty-toasty flavours. He suggested a Truffled Peccorino cheese, which was like cutting through the butteriness with a hot knife. The champagne was too rich not to have a cheese like the Peccorino balance it out.
What a special treat and opportunity. Thank you to Dr. Champagne for the 2004, and to the Champagne Newfie for the 1996. You certainly know how to make this Champagne Addict happy and indulged!